Adam Henson helps Stow Black & Whites go green
Adam Henson has been helping Mypower to install solar PV panels on the club roof at Stow Rugby Club. The 135 year old club is bringing itself bang up to date by investing in solar PV to reduce the Club's energy bills, reduce their carbon footprint and secure their energy supply for the future.
The investment, with the consent of the Club's committee, will ensure the clubhouse operates efficiently and sustainably.
Helping Adam were two members of the successful U-10 team in full kit - Adam's son, Alfie, and fourth-generation Stow member, Jack Harrison. Said Adam: "I'm Stow born and bred and the rugby club featured strongly in my youth. Now that the likes of Alfie and Jack are coming up through the rugby club, it's great to know that its future is being secured through great, sustainable initiatives like this".
Key facts and predictions
Amended to March 2017 rates
- 29.61kW (126 REC Panels) - installed by Mypower.
- 27,329kWh - electricity produced per annum (site specific prediction from PV Sol, typically conservative by 2 to 10%).
- 11 tonnes - CO2 emissions avoided per annum.
- £3,530 - projected first year income and savings assuming 50 % of electricity used on site.
- 12.6% - projected first year return on capital invested, before capital allowance benefits.
- 7.9 years - system payback before finance, tax and capital allowance benefits.
- £150,958 - total projected income and savings over 20 years after indexation.
The system was predicted and budgeted to produce 27,329kWh of electricity in the first year. This prediction was exceeded every year for the first 4 years. The total production for the first 4 years was 116,444kWh against a predicted 109,316kWh - ahead by 6.5%.
The installation was overseen by local solar PV specialist Mypower. Ben Harrison (Jack's Dad), who heads up Mypower, said: "Installing solar PV offers a fantastic return on investment as solar costs have reduced significantly to counter-balance the planned reduction in government feed in tariffs.
"Solar PV is a great option for sports and similar clubs, business and organisations as it's such a green, long-term option. Stow Rugby Club is the first in the area to take up this initiative and, like its players on the pitch, is leading the field".
Dave Oughton, U-17 Coach and Stow Rugby Club Committee member, added: "Adam is a great supporter of the club - it's because people like Adam and Ben care so much about the club that we can be so forward thinking. This is a major project for the club but one which will reap returns for us for many years and help secure our future".
"I'm Stow born and bred and the rugby club featured strongly in my youth. Now that the likes of Alfie and Jack are coming up through the club, it's great to know that its future is being secured through great, sustainable initiatives like this".
Adam Henson, farmer and TV presenter